Police urge U of L students to be on alert after sexual assault incidents

Two sexual assaults reported near UofL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- LMPD is warning University of Louisville students to be on high alert after two incidents that happened near the campus earlier this week. It was two sexual assaults and a carjacking, one of the two female students is a U of L student.

"We would like to express the importance of your surroundings, to move if you can in pairs, or groups, and just be mindful of what’s going on around you at this time,” Detective Tony Gipson with LMPD Sex Crimes said.

Police said the first happened around Third and Gaulbert on Monday, when a woman was carjacked and then sexually assaulted.

"That victim was told to leave the area, which she did, but the suspects kept the car,” Gipson said.

The next day, police said the suspect[s] targeted another woman on Seventh and Shipp – next to a student housing complex.

Gipson said, "The suspects, using the victim’s car, forced another female into a car. The sexual assault occurred. The female was ordered to flee or be injured, at which point in time she did."

After the second victim, who is a U of L student, ran away police said the suspects set the car on fire and fled.

"I mean it’s really concerning to hear that up front,” U of L student Vincent Mitchell said.

While news of the assaults is concerning to all, some students said hearing about that type of crime isn't unusual.

"I think that culture is really around campuses and especially metropolitan campuses, because you can't really escape the city,” Mitchell said.

At this time police have no suspects and have made no arrests. If you have any information you are urged to call police at 574-LMPD.


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